James NiccolaiDeputy News Editor, IDG News Service

James Niccolai covers data centers and general technology news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

Ballmer, Big Bird and Desmond Tutu enliven Qualcomm's big night at CES

Qualcomm called on some big names Monday to ensure its opening-night keynote at the International CES wasn't a dud. Steve Ballmer, Big Bird, the pop group Maroon5, and even former Archbishop Desmond Tutu all made appearances to keep things rolling along.

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Gorilla Glass 3 promises 40 percent fewer scratches (video)

Corning has developed a new version of its Gorilla Glass for smartphones and tablets that it says will result in 40 percent fewer scratches and appear in devices later this year.

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Marvell ordered to pay $1.17 billion in patent case

A jury in Pennsylvania has ordered chip maker Marvell Technology to pay $1.17 billion for patent infringement in one of the largest awards of its kind.

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Google buys BufferBox, a parcel storage service for shoppers

Google has bought some more storage, but not the digital kind. The company has acquired BufferBox, a Canadian startup that offers temporary storage lockers where people can receive online purchases when they're not at home.

Whitman says HP '100 percent committed' to Autonomy products

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has moved to reassure customers that the future of its Autonomy product line is safe, a day after HP disclosed an alleged accounting scandal at the company it acquired last year.

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Microsoft-Motorola trial ends first phase, with judge to set fair royalty rate

The presiding judge will now try to calculate what he thinks is a fair royalty rate for Motorola's patents

Judge accepts $22.5 million Google fine in Safari privacy case

A U.S. judge has indicated she will accept the terms of a settlement deal between Google and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, in which Google will pay a $22.5 million fine for circumventing privacy protections in Apple's Safari browser.

Google in talks with Dish to build wireless network, report says

It already sells phones and tablets, provides a wealth of online services and has been laying high-speed fiber to people's homes. Now Google is apparently considering a wireless network service as well.

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Dell profit slides 47 percent amid weak PC market

Dell Thursday reported a sharp drop in revenue and profits for the third quarter as the weak PC market continued to weigh on its results.

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Microsoft, Google square off over patent royalty rates

The patent trial could help establish how royalty rates are calculated for standards-essential patents

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Windows head Steven Sinofsky leaves Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, the executive in charge of Windows 8, is leaving the company -- a decision Microsoft characterized as a mutual one.

Dell testing 64-bit ARM server with chip from AppliedMicro

Dell has built a prototype server based on a 64-bit ARM processor from Applied Micro Circuits, which showed the system at a conference in Silicon Valley on Thursday.

AMD to sell ARM-based server chips in 2014

Advanced Micro Devices has announced it will sell ARM-based server processors in 2014, ending its exclusive commitment to the x86 architecture and adding a new dimension to its decades-old battle with Intel.

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AMD expected to unveil ARM-based server on Monday

AMD has called a press conference for Monday where it's likely to announce plans for a SeaMicro server based on an upcoming 64-bit processor design from ARM.

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Qualcomm to open 2013 CES in place of Microsoft

Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs will give the opening keynote at the giant Consumer Electronics Show in January, a logical choice for an event whose focus is increasingly mobile, but one that might not garner the attention of a Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer appearance.

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